Justice Reed and the First Amendment: The Religion Clauses

Justice Reed and the First Amendment: The Religion Clauses

Justice Reed and the First Amendment: The Religion Clauses

Justice Reed and the First Amendment: The Religion Clauses

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On February 1, 1938, two weeks after the retirement of Justice George Sutherland, Stanley F. Reed took his place on the Bench of the Supreme Court of the United States. Nineteen years later he retired from this highest judicial body in the land. Although this extended service establishes no record, these long years have encompassed an exciting era, which witnessed events highly significant to the development of American jurisprudence. The following facts suggest as much. During this period, Justice Reed has sat with nineteen different men, each owing his appointment to one or another of the last seven Presidents of the United States: Wilson, Harding, Coolidge, Hoover, F. D. Roosevelt, Truman, or Eisenhower. Hughes, Stone, Vinson, and Warren are the four Chief Justices under whom Reed has served as Associate Justice.

As for the importance of Reed's judicial work during these years, the opinion of one well-known student of the Court is worth considering. Writing in 1948, John P.Frank . . .

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